Known as the King of Blues, B B King is one of the most important blues musicians of the 20th century. He is a singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor and composer. He is also a record producer. He has been inducted into the Blues, Rock and Roll and Grammy Halls of Fame. During his career, he has made more than $100 million in earnings.
He was born on September 16, 1925, in Berclair, Mississippi. His mother died when he was very young and he was raised by his grandparents. At age 12 he was given his first guitar. Afterwards, he began performing on radio stations in Memphis. He was known for his expressive style of guitar playing and his use of vibrato and bending techniques. He mainly used a Gibson semi-hollow body ES-355 guitar.
B B King was a member of the Rolling Stones tour in 1969, which added to his popularity. He also received fifteen Grammy Awards during his career. He released 138 singles and released 43 studio albums. He won the Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, Best Traditional Blues Album, Best Rock Instrumental Performance, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals awards. He has also been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts. He also received an honorary doctorate from Yale University.
King was married twice, first to Martha Lee Denton and then to Sue Carol Hall. He and Sue Carol Hall divorced in 1966. B B King had a total of 15 children with 15 different women. When King died on May 14, 2015, he left a will that left 15 children as his beneficiaries. The estate included his publishing assets, royalties, and assets. The estate is estimated to be worth $30-$40 million.
During his career, B B King performed more than 300 concerts a year. He was also a FAA-licensed private pilot. He was also active in the humanitarian community. Throughout his life, he spoke out against various diseases, and he helped to raise money for charity. He was given an honorary doctorate of music by Yale University.
B B King was very popular with women. He was married twice, had 15 children, and was a father of many grandchildren. He was also known for his height of 5.81 feet. He had many hits like “The Thrill is Gone,” “When Love Comes to Town,” and “Ain’t It Funky.” B B King’s net worth is estimated to be around $10 million. After his death, his estate has been contested by 15 children who claimed to be his children.
The majority of his income came from performing. He recorded more than 40 studio albums and he was known for his blues music. The album “Riding with the King” was certified platinum in the US and gold in Canada. He has also received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. His music has been featured in movies such as “Clear Eyes,” “The Thrill Is Gone,” and “Ain’t It Funky.”
B B King is one of the greatest blues musicians of all time. His guitar playing was flawless and he was known for his expressive style. He was a member of the ‘Three Kings of the Blues Guitar’. His guitar playing was also noted for its sustain and vibrato techniques.